Travel and Security Tips
Airport security can take
time, so please be patient with any additional personal and luggage
searches and please carry only one piece of hand luggage.
Allow for increased security. Before departing for the
check your flight is on time and confirm what time your airline requires
you to check-in. As a general guideline, plan to arrive at the airport one
hour prior to scheduled departure for UK domestic flights and two hours
prior to scheduled departure for international flights.
Do not pack any of the
following in your hand luggage: Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)
Catapults Household cutlery, Knives with blades of any length, Razor
blades, Tools, Darts, Scissors, Tweezers, Hypodermic needles (unless
required for medical reasons) Knitting needles, Sporting bats, Billiard,
snooker or pool cues.
Tips for Healthy Flying
Drink plenty of
water before and during the flight - dehydration is a common cause of
headaches and discomfort.
Don't eat too heavily before or during a long flight
- to avoid indigestion and hypertension.
To reduce jetlag, have some extra sleep before the
trip, get some sleep during the flight and try to synchronise mealtimes
with the time it is at your destination.
Wearing flight socks, taking a low dose of aspirin
or moving about every so often during the flight can help prevent Deep
Vein Thrombosis (DVT). It is advisable to consult your doctor before
taking any additional medications however.
If you have any existing medical conditions, consult
your GP before flying. You may, if you wish, get a Medical Information
Form (MEDIF) from your airline.
Be alert to signs of DVT. If you have sore, swollen
or discoloured legs, or pains in the chest, back or arms after flying seek
For further information and the latest news about
aviation health visit the Aviation Health Institute website at